Flooding has long been a concern in Vermont, but it was especially brought into the public eye in August of 2011 when Tropical Storm Irene hit the state, dumping record rainfalls over a short period of time. Since then State managers and municipal officials have been adopting strategies to prevent and cope with the next potential flood.
Watershed Consulting can help figure out the best, most cost-effective strategies for river corridors and transportation crossings in your watershed. We model both small- and large-scale watersheds to understand the hydrology, and we know how to evaluate existing infrastructure and natural areas to determine how they can best work together to allow a river to function as naturally as possible, while not resulting in undue impact to existing development.
We have assisted various clients in the past on projects related to the restoration of river corridors and transportation crossings to a more natural condition. This increases the natural ‘roughness’ of channel, slowing water down, and preventing streams from becoming ‘flashy,’ or discharging stormwater runoff too quickly to downstream areas. One project we took on was the restoration of Rice Brook in Warren, VT. This project provides an excellent example of how we can assist you with finding a hydrologically-sound solution to your river restoration projects while not interrupting day to day operation.
Restoring upper watershed streams to their natural functioning state is a priority in Vermont. Sugarbush Resort in Warren, VT contracted Watershed to design a cost-effective stream-restoration culvert retrofit that would allow fish to again swim upstream, and natural background sediment to move downstream.